” All Church power arises from the indwelling of the Spirit, therefore those in whom the Spirit dwells are the seat of Church power. But the Spirit dwells in the whole Church, and therefore the whole Church is the seat of Church power. “


” All Church power is, therefore, properly ministerial and administrative. Everything is to be done in the name of Christ, and in accordance with his directions. “


” All the reasons which require the subjection of a believer to the brethren of a particular church, require his subjection to all his brethren in the Lord. “


” As the Church is the aggregate of believers, there is an intimate analogy between the experience of the individual believer, and of the Church as a whole. “


” Christ has not only ordained that there shall be such officers in his Church – he has not only specified their duties and prerogatives – but he gives the requisite qualifications, and calls those thus qualified, and by that call gives them their official authority. “


” Romanists tell us that the Pope is the vicar of Christ, that he is his successor as the universal head and ruler of the Church on earth. If this is so, he must be a Christ. “


” The Church is everywhere represented as one. It is one body, one family, one fold, one kingdom. It is one because pervaded by one Spirit. We are all baptized into one Spirit so as to become, says the apostle, on body. “


” The Church, during the apostolic age, did not consist of isolated, independent congregations, but was one body, of which the separate churches were constituent members, each subject to all the rest, or to an authority which extended over all. “


” The Church, however, is a self-governing society, distinct from the State, having its officers and laws, and, therefore, an administrative government of its own. “


” The Independent or Congregational theory includes two principles, first, that the governing and executive power in the Church is in the brotherhood, and secondly, that the Church organization is complete in each worshipping assembly, which is independent of every other. “


” The right of the people to a substantive part in the government of the Church is recognized and sanctioned by the apostles in almost every conceivable way. “



All 11 Charles Hodge Quotes about Church in picture


All Church power arises from the indwelling of the Spirit, therefore those in whom the Spirit dwells are the seat of Church power. But the Spirit dwells in the whole Church, and therefore the whole Church is the seat of Church power.
All Church power is, therefore, properly ministerial and administrative. Everything is to be done in the name of Christ, and in accordance with his directions.


All the reasons which require the subjection of a believer to the brethren of a particular church, require his subjection to all his brethren in the Lord.
As the Church is the aggregate of believers, there is an intimate analogy between the experience of the individual believer, and of the Church as a whole.
Christ has not only ordained that there shall be such officers in his Church - he has not only specified their duties and prerogatives - but he gives the requisite qualifications, and calls those thus qualified, and by that call gives them their official authority.
Romanists tell us that the Pope is the vicar of Christ, that he is his successor as the universal head and ruler of the Church on earth. If this is so, he must be a Christ.
The Church is everywhere represented as one. It is one body, one family, one fold, one kingdom. It is one because pervaded by one Spirit. We are all baptized into one Spirit so as to become, says the apostle, on body.
The Church, during the apostolic age, did not consist of isolated, independent congregations, but was one body, of which the separate churches were constituent members, each subject to all the rest, or to an authority which extended over all.
The Church, however, is a self-governing society, distinct from the State, having its officers and laws, and, therefore, an administrative government of its own.
The Independent or Congregational theory includes two principles, first, that the governing and executive power in the Church is in the brotherhood, and secondly, that the Church organization is complete in each worshipping assembly, which is independent of every other.
The right of the people to a substantive part in the government of the Church is recognized and sanctioned by the apostles in almost every conceivable way.
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